Richard Avedon | Judy Garland Proof Sheet

Posted: May 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Photography, Quotes

Proof Sheet of Judy Garland © Richard Avedon

Proof Sheet of Judy Garland © Richard Avedon

If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up.

- Richard Avedon


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Richard Avedon | Ezra Pound

Posted: December 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Poetry

Ezra Pound at William Carlos Williams' house in 1958 by Richard Avedon

Ezra Pound at William Carlos Williams' house in 1958 by Richard Avedon

Either move or be moved.

-Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound, 1945 mug shot

Ezra Pound, 1945 mug shot

And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there… Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.

-Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound, Easter 1971,  Burano, Italy by Franz Larese

Ezra Pound, Easter 1971, Burano, Italy by Franz Larese

Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market.

-Ezra Pound


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Henri Cartier-Bresson | Random Images from the Magnum Archives

Posted: December 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Photography, Quotes

Magnum Photos has been releasing some images online from their singular historic archives which is an incredible opportunity to study and learn from the masters in their catalog. These images by Henri Cartier-Bresson, some of which have not been widely published, provide a rich insight into his style and process.

BERLIN—Taxi drivers, 1931, Henri Cartier-Bresson © Magnum Photos

BERLIN—Taxi drivers, 1931, Henri Cartier-Bresson © Magnum Photos

I am in awe of him, I am in absolute awe of him. Everyone is a Cartier-Bresson baby…I worship him.

-Richard Avedon.

PARIS—Bofinger restaurant, 1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

PARIS—Bofinger restaurant, 1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

Nothing worth knowing can be taught.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

ACAPULCO, Mexico—A market, 1963. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ACAPULCO, Mexico—A market, 1963. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

You mustn’t want, you must be receptive. Don’t think even. The brain’s a bit dangerous.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

PARIS—Café Flore, 1959. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

PARIS—Café Flore, 1959. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

I don’t consider myself a photographer, I am using a camera, but there are millions of photographers….I’m just a human being. Anyone that is sensitive is an artist.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

NEW YORK CITY—A football game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, 1947. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK CITY—A football game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, 1947. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

Photography is nothing–it’s life that interests me.

- Henri Cartier-Bresson

NEW YORK CITY—Downtown, 1947. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK CITY—Downtown, 1947. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

They . . . asked me:

‘How do you make your pictures?’ I was puzzled . . .

I said, ‘I don’t know, it’s not important.’

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

VILLAGE OF BRANGUES, France—French writer and diplomat Paul Claudel, 1945. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

VILLAGE OF BRANGUES, France—French writer and diplomat Paul Claudel, 1945. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT, India—The Rangwala retail and wholesale cloth market, 1966. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT, India—The Rangwala retail and wholesale cloth market, 1966. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

Actually, I’m not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

NAPLES, Italy—1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

NAPLES, Italy—1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

And no photographs taken with the aid of flash light, either, if only out of respect for the actual light – even when there isn’t any of it.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson – “The Decisive Moment”

ELEUSIS, Greece—1953. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ELEUSIS, Greece—1953. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

There is no closed figure in nature. Every shape participates with another. No one thing is independent of another, and one thing rhymes with another, and light gives them shape.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson


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